CAPE ANN: A FESTIVAL OF GOOD TIMES

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January 31-February 1, 2015

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CAPE ANN BIRDING WEEEKEND
GLOUCESTER

Bird watchers from New England and beyond flock to Cape Ann to participate in the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend each February. Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, working with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, plans a weekend full of events for all levels of birders. Expert speakers offer presentations, exhibitors showcase their programs and products, and artists display their art and give demonstrations at the event headquarters at the Elks at Bass Rocks and at other venues in Gloucester…Learn More

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May 17, 2014

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MOTIF #1 DAY
DOWNTOWN ROCKPORT

rockport-art-fest-cape-annExperience one of the most-often painted and photographed buildings in America as you celebrate spring in Rockport. Motif No.1 Day celebrates Rockport’s storied place in history as a home for the arts, as symbolized by the famous red fishing shack (dubbed Motif No. 1)…Learn More

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June 12 – October 9, 2014 (Every Thursday) and Off-Season Events

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CAPE ANN FARMER’S MARKET
STAGE FORT PARK, GLOUCESTER

gloucester_ma_farmers_marketThe Cape Ann Farmer’s Market (CAFM) continues to thrive as one of the many staples that many locals look forward to. Every Thursday from June 12th to October 9th you get the freshest of vegetables and fruits while also helping the promotion of land conversation…Learn More

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June 20 – June 21, 2014

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ESSEX RIVER DAY
DOWNTOWN ESSEX

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Essex River Day – is an idea that has been evolving for many years. Often when boaters are out on the River you hear the same question over and over again, “Wouldn’t it be great if everyone in Essex could experience the beauty of the River?” The concept for the event is simple. Those who have a boat offer a neighborly boat ride to those in town who may not have a boat and don’t have ready access to appreciating the wonders of the Essex River. This simple thought has grown into a full day of events culminating that evening with a pickup softball game for all ages, a cook out with vendors, live music by Innuendo and a bonfire at Memorial Park…Learn More

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June 25-29, 2014

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ST. PETER’S FIESTA
GLOUCESTER HARBOR – PAVILION BEACH

gloucester_ma_fiestaThe St. Peter’s Fiesta has long attracted visitors from all over the country. It is an annual celebration in Gloucester, MA taking place on the weekend closest to the Feast Day of St. Peter, June 29. The event is sponsored by the Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester.

St. Peter’s Fiesta is a five-day festival honoring the patron saint of the fisherman, St. Peter. The festival is put on by the Italian American community of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The festival involves a carnival, seine boat races and the Greasy Pole contest, and attracts people from all over…Learn More

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July 3-4, 2014

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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
GLOUCESTER, ROCKPORT & MANCHESTER

Fourth_of_July_Cape_AnnSpend your Fourth of July holiday in Cape Ann! Experience our Independence Day celebrations and festivities in three of our four communities! Learn More

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July 11-13, 2014

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ROCKPORT NAVY WEEKEND
ROCKPORT

Rockport Navy WeekendThe Rockport Navy Committee (RocNavCom) and the town of Rockport will be hosting the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS). Five NA-44 foot sailboats will arrive in Rockport on Friday July 11th and cast off Sunday evening July 13th… Learn More

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July 19, August 16 & September 20, 2014

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BLOCK PARTY
DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER

main_st_gloucester_maCelebrate The Downtown Gloucester Block Party’s 7th year at a gala kick-off on center stage July 19 at 6pm. Audience members are invited to the Bank Gloucester Stage, corner of Porter and Main for a brief opening celebration at 6 pm. Cake will be provided by sponsor Jennycakes. The other stages throughout Main Stret will open following the presentation…Learn More

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August 1, 2015

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FESTIVAL BY THE SEA
DOWNTOWN MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA

festival-by-sea-manchester-maThis all-day extravaganza taps into the long-line of local talent with musical and artistic performers alike. Visitors can take in the sights of Masconomo Park while surveying the art and handcrafted items from some of the finest talent assembled…Learn More

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August 6-8, 2015

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GLOUCESTER SIDEWALK BAZAAR
STAGE FORT PARK, GLOUCESTER

shop_gloucester_massachusettsThe Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar is a celebration of Gloucester Downtown. Come see Artists, Crafters, Food Vendors, Non-Profits, Kids Activities & Entertainers…Learn More

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August 8, 2015

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GLOUCESTER BLUES FESTIVAL
STAGE FORT PARK, GLOUCESTER

blues-fest-gloucester-maNow in its 3rd year, this annual event brought jazz lovers from far and wide to Gloucester in 2012 and 2013. Nearly 1,500 people attended the last year’s 2nd annual festival and this year’s show should exceed that number with the interest that has been generated….Learn More

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August 15-16 2015

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GLOUCESTER WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
STAGE FORT PARK, GLOUCESTER

waterfront_fest_gloucester_maMore than 175 juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the United States will be coming to Gloucester for this festival, now in its 34th year. Live music, unique creations and delicious food will highlight the two-day event…Learn More

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August 29-31, 2014

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GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL
GLOUCESTER HARBOR

schooner-fest-gloucester-maSponsored by Maritime Gloucester with support from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Gloucester Schooner Festival celebrates its 30th year as it takes over Gloucester Harbor once again. This annual gathering of the finest vessels from ports along the Eastern Seaboard is a can’t miss Labor Day Weekend event! Learn More

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September 19-20 & 26-28, 2014

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TRAILS & SAILS:
TWO WEEKENDS OF WALKS & WATER IN CAPE ANN

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Thank you to all Trails & Sails event hosts, participants, volunteers and sponsors for making the 12th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water such a success!Learn more

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September 27-28, 2014

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GRAN PRIX OF GLOUCESTER
STAGE FORT PARK, GLOUCESTER

gran_prix_gloucester_massTake a dramatic harborfront park at the height of fall foliage season. Set up a twisting grass, dirt and asphalt racecourse with challenging obstacles. Unleash a crowd of world class cyclists to charge through the sharp curves and jump the barriers. Add screaming, cowbell ringing fans incited by a dynamic announcers. What do you have? One of the premier bicycle races in the country, right here in Gloucester…Learn More

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October 18, 2014

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ROCKPORT HARVESTFEST
DOWNTOWN ROCKPORT

harvest-fest-rockport-maAn annual tradition in Downtown Rockport, the HarvestFest celebrates the autumn season as local food producers bring you seasonal favorites including clam chowder to cheese to a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up. Cooking demonstrations, art exhibits and live music bring families from all over to enjoy…Learn More

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October 25, 2014

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ESSEX CLAMFEST
SHEPARD MEMORIAL PARK, ESSEX

clamshell-fest-essex-maThe 32nd annual Essex Clamfest has everything the small town is known for including pony rides, arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations and, of course, the ever-popular clam chowder competition. Nearly 1000 people tasted the best of the best in 2013…Learn More

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